Jimmy Magahern

Arizona's freelance writer. Since 1982.

Phoenix, AZ

Jimmy Magahern

I write immersive stories on any subject thrown my way. I once wrote 5,400 words on the mall. Occasionally I come up with ideas of my own.


The First Lady

As Phoenix’s first lady, Nicole France Stanton fights bullying in her brother’s memory Link to Story

Requiem for DREAMers?

With the future of DACA unclear, what happens to thousands of Arizona college students dependent upon the policy’s survival?
Phoenix Magazine Link to Story

Technology You'll Love

The 50-plus crowd may benefit the most from today's smartphone- and "smart home"-based economy.
Lovin' Life After 50 Link to Story

Healthcare Power List 2017

Emerging medical technologies and innovative educational methods are accelerating progress in healthcare to new and exciting levels. But the questions of how companies will deliver that healthcare, and how we’ll pay for it, are more uncertain than ever.
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Trump Card

Phoenix comic Paul Horner made himself into America's best-known “fake news” writer – and potentially swung a presidential election in the bargain.
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Podcast P.I.s

Could crowdsourcing investigations on the Web deliver new answers to Arizona's most baffling cold cases? From finding Bob Crane's killer to nabbing the Phoenix Freeway Shooter, the Valley is awash in unsolved mysteries primed for Serial-like resolutions. Could crowdsourcing investigations on the Web deliver new answers to Arizona's most baffling cold cases?
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Part and Parcel

How will the prized real estate north of the Airpark be divvied up?
Scottsdale Airpark News Link to Story

Open Secret

As TPC Scottsdale readies for another Phoenix Open, a new Maricopa County Superior Court case challenges the city's taxpayer support of the event. Could public money be buried beneath the greens?
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The "Why" of Travel

From ecotourism to volunteerism, "traveling with purpose" is becoming the mindful way to roam.
Lovin' Life After 50 Link to Story

Keeping ‘the 55s’ Alive

Arizona’s 55+ communities are facing challenges from new generations of retirees looking for communities more engaged than isolated. Can the industry adapt?
Lovin' Life After 50 Link to Story

Selling Yarnell

Would you film a 9/11 movie in Toronto? As Hollywood re-creates the Yarnell Hill Fire in New Mexico, family members and survivors wonder if media interest has crossed into exploitation.
Phoenix Magazine Link to Story

Saudi Arizona

Rural Arizonans fear their water is being depleted by Saudi Arabian food producers. But state agriculturists laud the $180 million farm investment.
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Jimmy Magahern

Give me a week, and I'll totally get into, under and around any subject. I learned that disciplined abandon as a young music journalist for the Phoenix New Times, where I'd write about The Clash one week and Julio Iglesias the next. (Both great, btw.)
Since then, I've written for the Arizona Republic, PHOENIX magazine, Times Publications and more. I've won Arizona Press Club and national writing awards in categories ranging from sports and entertainment to health, business and technology.
Give me a week, and I can find something fascinating, relatable and relevant to write about anything.



  • Writing
  • Reporting
  • AP Style
  • Design